If you have a tooth that’s been significantly damaged due to trauma or that has decayed a great deal over time, you may be a candidate for dental crowns. A crown is, essentially, a cap that’s installed and cemented into place over an existing tooth. Once the crown is in place, it will look and feel as if you have a full set of perfectly shaped, natural teeth again. Crowns have many benefits including: restoring strength, size, and aesthetics to your teeth, and giving you back your smile.
Why Do People Get Dental Crowns?
Crowns can be the solution to a number of dental and oral health problems, as well as some cosmetic dentistry issues. Reasons for getting a dental crown include, but are not limited to:
- Correcting the looks of discolored, worn down, or misshapen teeth.
- Covering a weak or cracked tooth.
- Covering and reinforcing a tooth that has a large filling.
- Holding a dental bridge in place.
- Restoring the look and function of a broken tooth.
- Holding bridges in place.
Temporary dental crowns are also used to cover dental implants while they heal before a permanent prosthetic tooth is put in place.
Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials and types. Stainless steel crowns are often used temporarily until permanent crowns are fabricated, but you won’t often find permanent crowns in this material. You will, on the other hand, find permanent gold, nickel, or chromium crowns.
Installing any crown will almost definitely require the removal of some of the tooth structure, but less removal is necessary with metal crowns like these than with some other materials. On the other hand, gold and other metals don’t look particularly natural, and fewer and fewer people are choosing them for their permanent crowns.
Instead, a lot of patients are choosing dental crowns made of porcelain fused to metal, all-porcelain or ceramic crowns, or all-resin crowns. Each of these options has its pros and cons.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns look more natural than bare metal crowns, but they create more wear on adjacent teeth. The metal can also sometimes show through the porcelain. All-resin crowns are less expensive and look completely natural, but they tend to wear down faster than other crowns. All-porcelain crowns are stronger than resin crowns, but will wear down a little bit faster than porcelain fused to metal crowns will.
Temporary Crowns vs. Permanent Crowns
Temporary crowns are made to last for a limited period of time, as in the case of a crown covering a healing dental implant. These can be made right in our office and don’t require any wait time to fabricate. They’re usually made of either acrylic or stainless steel, and they function to protect your teeth until permanent crowns are created especially for you. Learn about the many advantages of dental crowns.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Crowns?
If you’re an adult with a cracked, damaged, or discolored tooth (or teeth), temporary or permanent dental crowns could be the solution to your problem. If you suffer from any of the issues we described earlier in this section, or to find out more information about dental crowns, call us today at 718-984-7700 to schedule a consultation with Drs. Galligan and Villa. Read our FAQs page to answer any questions you have or take our True or False quiz to test your knowledge.